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NARHA Holds Conference & Annual Meeting November 8-11 in Indianapolis

DENVER, CO - November 8-11, 2006, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association will host its premier educational event, the 2006 NARHA Conference and Annual Meeting, at The Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference is geared to all horse people interested in learning more about equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding and includes educational seminars, an all-day Horse Fair, exhibits, silent auction and an awards banquet night.

NARHA will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, a section of NARHA that promotes professionally facilitated equine experiences designed to enhance psychosocial development, growth and education.

Nearly 100 NARHA riding instructors, center administrators, professors and therapists will offer presentations on the current research in the field of equine assisted activities, hippotherapy, instruction, administration and mental health. Seminars will cover everything from yoga, Brain Gym activities and designing lesson plans to motivating staff/volunteers, marketing a riding center and keeping therapy horses healthy.

Friday features luncheon speaker Temple Grandin, an animal science professor at Colorado State University. The author of Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures will share her own challenge of being autistic, which has given her a valuable perspective on how to reduce stress on grazing animals. Limited reservations for the 12:30 to 2 p.m. luncheon are available for $45.

Saturday’s all-day NARHA Horse Fair, located in the brand-new Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center, is an exciting day of demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Workshops include vaulting, driving, bits and bitting, saddle fit, equine massage and equine chiropractic care. A special one-day pass for the Fair is only $125.

The Saturday Night Awards Banquet will once again be the sentimental, celebratory highlight of the conference as NARHA celebrates EFMHA’s 10th birthday, honors its Horse of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Equestrians of the Year, Instructor of the Year and announces all of the other top-secret award winners.

Soak up a wealth of equine knowledge, explore the exhibit area, bid on unique merchandise at the Silent Auction and come away inspired by great ideas and touched by heart-warming success stories.

Generous sponsors include: Gold Level sponsors: American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Breyer, Markel Insurance and NARHA Region 4; Silver Level Sponsors: American Association of Equine Practitioners, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Adequan), Professionals Choice, Purina Mills, Harry Swimmer and the Western and English Sales Association; Bronze Level Sponsors: Freedom Rider; and Celebrated Sponsor: Equestrian Collections.

For general conference information, brochures, registration forms and hotel reservations, go to http://www.narha.org. For luncheon or Horse Fair reservations, contact NARHA at 800-369-7433.

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. At over 700 member centers, more than 38,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic equitation, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities programs for individuals with special needs. More than 24,000 volunteers, 2000 instructors, 5,700 therapy horses, and thousands of contributors from all over the world are helping people at NARHA centers.


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